• Unlike Italy, pope backs anti-gay marriage push in Mexico

    Unlike Italy, pope backs anti-gay marriage push in Mexico

    • Sep 25, 2016

    After having sat out an Italian debate in May over the legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples, Pope Francis broke his silence on Sunday by coming out in support of Mexico’s Catholic bishops in their efforts to derail a push for gay marriage.

  • Study suggests Catholic marriage will be dead in Italy by 2031

    Study suggests Catholic marriage will be dead in Italy by 2031

    • Jul 9, 2016

    A new study from a respected Italian research institute finds that religious marriages in one of the world’s most Catholic nations are in “free-fall,” and based on trends over the last twenty years, projects that by 2031 there won’t be a single religious marriage in the country.

  • Top Italian bishop pushes back against new civil unions law

    • May 19, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — In recognizing civil unions of heterosexual and homosexual couples, the Italian government has equated those unions to marriage, said the head of the Italian bishops’ conference. While some supporters of the new law, which passed the legislature May 11, insisted the law did not recognize gay marriage,

  • Two Vatican cardinals hit Italy's civil unions proposal

    • Feb 25, 2016

    ROME — Even though Pope Francis has declined to get involved in Italy’s ongoing debate over a bill to legalize same-sex civil unions, saying the pope belongs to everyone and shouldn’t comment on local politics, two of the Vatican’s top cardinals weren’t so reluctant. On Tuesday, the Vatican secretary of